Common Causes of Blocked Drains
Common causes of blocked drains
A blocked drain in your home can cause you a huge headache. It may be smelly, unsightly or simply just a pain; but why does it happen? There are a variety of reasons that drains can become blocked, which means that they are common occurrences and do not mean that you have a dirty home.
However, being aware of the reasons behind a blocked drain can help you to make the changes that may stop them from occurring in the future and keep your drains clean and clear.
Grease and fat is one of the worst offenders of blocked drains
One of the most common causes of blocked drains is also one of the easiest ones to prevent. If you wash a fatty substance down the sink, then there is a good chance that substance will stick to the insides of the pipes.
Once or twice this isn’t going to cause too much of a problem, but over time this coating will build up and cause an issue with liquid passing through.
Tree roots and leaves can be the most destructive
Factors outside your house can also affect your drains. During autumn months leaves from trees in your garden can blow into your drain and cause a blockage. Not only are leaves an issue, but tree roots can also cause a problem. They are drawn to water by nature and as they grow they can crack the pipe and lead to another blockage.
Although not as disastrous – Hair still causes issues
In the bathroom, the drains can be blocked by a build-up of hair. Any hair that is caught in your plughole should be cleaned away as quickly as possible, as over time this can build up and be pushed further down into the pipes, causing an issue.
Some things are not designed to be flushed down the toilet, and another common reason for a blockage that many drainage companies will report are items that really shouldn’t have gone down the toilet in the first place.
Nappies, sanitary items, wet wipes, even too much toilet roll; these have all been seen blocking drains in homes.
Family homes often report blockages that are caused by a whole toilet roll being pushed down the toilet as well as an assortment of different toys.
Look after your drains!
As you have already seen, the majority of blockages in your drains can be avoided. All you need to do is make sure you frequently clean your drains and if you notice any issues, deal with the straight away.
If you have a blocked drain in your home, no matter the reason, give us a call. We have the right equipment, knowledge and techniques to be able to clear out your drains and have them working again.
We can also give you some handy advice on how to ensure that the blockage doesn’t happen again giving you peace of mind that you won’t have to arrange another call out.